The Real Reason You Should Never Order KFC's Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie is a slow food, not necessarily something that should come from a drive-thru. But we get it: sometimes you can't help yourself. Just mentioning chicken pot pie gives us all the feels. It's the edible version of a cozy sweater or a hug from mom. Unfortunately, if you head to KFC when you're in need of a food-hug, it's going to come in a very saturated, salty form. The unhealthiness of KFC's chicken pot pie isn't the only thing to look out for, but we'll start there. 

According to KFC's nutrition calculator, one chicken pot pie from KFC contains 720 calories, 60 grams of carbs, 41 grams of fat – including 25 grams of saturated fat – and 1750 milligrams of sodium. There's a lot going on here, but the most important thing to note is that saturated fat content – it's 125 percent of the daily recommended amount! The second most disturbing thing is the sodium. The FDA wants us to get less than 2300 milligrams of sodium daily. It's also worth pointing out that the product page for the pot pie lists even higher numbers for calories (790), sodium (1970 milligrams), and other nutrients than KFC's nutrition calculator. So basically, unless you're planning to only eat a KFC chicken pot pie today and nothing else, look elsewhere to feed your cravings.

You may find an unwelcome ingredient in your KFC chicken pot pie

Not only is the nutrition of KFC's chicken pot pie nothing to write home about, but the ingredients might not be all that appetizing. On a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread, a former KFC employee was asked about the one thing we should not be ordering from KFC. You guessed it! He said the chicken pot pie. The former employee went on to explain you're not necessarily getting fresh chicken inside that flaky crust – KFC pot pies allegedly contain leftover chicken. This raises the question: is KFC actually making their pot pies from scratch right there in the restaurant? According to another Reddit AMA, they are! 

During the AMA, a self-identified former manager jumped in to say KFC pot pies are made from leftover chicken that is "deboned and shredded by hand" before it's added to a pie tin along with sauce and vegetables and covered with "a flat frozen top." This seems like a lot of work with a lot of room for error in a busy restaurant. Case in point: one Redditor commented that they "used to like the pot pies until I got one and found a chicken bone in it. [N]ever again." Another user chimed in, saying, "3 different bones I found in one pie."  Maybe just stick to the fried chicken at KFC and leave this undesirable menu item (and a few others) alone.